| GEO Pakistan|
| Canada confirms journalist abducted in Bannu|
| Updated at: 1242 PST, Friday, November 14, 2008|
OTTAWA: A Canadian journalist was abducted this week in Pakistan's northern tribal region while gathering materials for a documentary, officials said.
Beverly Giesbrecht, 52, also known as Khadija Abdul Qahaar, was seized at gunpoint on Tuesday while traveling in the Bannu district of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, which borders Afghanistan.
"The government of Canada is aware of the kidnapping of a Canadian citizen in Pakistan,” Lisa Monette, a spokeswoman for Canada's Foreign Affairs department told foreign news agency.
"Canadian officials are engaged with Pakistani authorities in seeking her safe and early release," she said.